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New to upgrading your .22LR?

If you are new to the world of modifying your Ruger® 10/22®, WELCOME! Or if you are just making sure that you haven't forgotten one of the little things, we wanted to create a reference for customers who desire an extra checklist or more knowledge before moving forward with their new 10/22® upgrades. Generally, 10/22® enthusiasts come at the modification process from one of two ways. Either they have a Ruger® 10/22® that they are upgrading or they are building from "scratch". In either case, we can help. 

Components Check List:
  • Receiver (includes scope base) (over 18 and shipment to FFL required)
  • barrel, trigger, bolt (including firing pin and extractor)
  • cocking assembly (includes guide rod, recoil springs, and handle)
  • receiver pins, bolt buffer, v-block, takedown screw
  • magazines, scope rings, scope, and ammo


For those upgrading a Ruger® 10/22®, I am often asked "what is the first thing that I should change to improve my accuracy?" To which I reply, you can never out shoot your barrel. Meaning that if your barrel is only capable of producing a group of 1" at 50 yards then no matter how talented of a shooter you are, you will never group better than an 1" with that barrel. But often times changing a barrel means buying a new stock with a bull or .920" barrel channel along with buying a barrel. This increases the cost of simply changing the barrel and creates more of a project then the newbee wants to take on initially. Often times, the new customer is unsure of the amount of time and effort because they are still making the decision as to whether or not they are "sold" on the 10/22®. So for me, I like to change the trigger first. Since this is the part of the rifle that I feel the most and thus get the most pleasure out of improving. Though, the customer is still constrained by the barrel's ability, with a nice break on the trigger they can start to decide if they would like to continue investing in their new found fun. And installing a complete trigger group is one of the easiest gunsmithing tasks to accomplish on the 10/22®

Instructions for replacing a complete trigger unit:
 
After making sure the rifle is safe, simply unscrew the takedown screw from the underside of the rifle. "Center" the safety so that it protrudes equally from the left and right side.  Separate the barreled action from the stock by pulling away and slightly forward. Push out the two cross pins or "receiver" pins that are holding in your trigger group then do everything in reverse. 

When upgrading from a Ruger® trigger to a KIDD trigger the customer generally goes from a 4 pound (plus) unsettled break to a 2 pound (or less) clean break. This trigger pull consistency will now allow the customer to determine if the target was missed due to shooter inability or if the barrel's accuracy level is constraining the shooters talent. Either way the gunsmithing upgrade is simple and the overall fun level has been raised now that the shooter is empowered with a fine trigger. 






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